To promote his recent autobiography, 'From Headstocks To Woodstock', Ric will be talking about life in one of Britains classic Rock bands 'Ten Years After'. Formed in the late 60's the band had 8 top 40 albums and played legendary Festivals across the globe including The Isle of White Festival and their breakthrough American appearance at Woodstock; their rendition of "I'm Going Home" featuring Alvin Lee as lead singer, was featured in both the subsequent film and soundtrack album and catapulted them to star status.
81 Renshaw is proud to present an evening of tip top alternative comedy with shows from three of Liverpool's oddest purveyors of mirth.
ALASTAIR CLARK: DEAR JOANANETTE // 7.00PM Daft nihilist Alastair Clark is bringing his new standup show 'Dear Joananette' to 81 as part of his lifelong quest of exploring doubt and self-sabotage.
Alastair felt increasingly disillusioned with life... until he found some postcards in a Parisian skip, addressed to a mysterious, potentially dead, French woman. 'Dear Joananette' is a standup comedy show about legacy and what we leave behind.
RAT KINGS: APOCALYPSE // 8.15PM Calling fellow survivors: Due to the recent apocalypse Rat Kings are the only comedians left. Come and see the only comedy act that was deemed ‘bunker worthy’ during humanity's last desperate scramble before nuclear annihilation! Liam Hale and Sean Stoakes promise to take your minds off marauders, dwindling resources and the ever expanding sun with an hour of sketch comedy.
LIAM HALE: PIGS // 9.30PM An hour of nonsense. 'Perfectly pitched character comedy' ★★★★ (The Skinny) 'It's random, funny, idiotic, simply wonderful and had the whole audience crying with laughter.' (Now Then Magazine)
After a sold out Acoustic Night back in May, Shout About It Liverpool Noise have teamed up again to bring you 4 diverse acts.
Nothingville return to 81 Renshaw with there second 'Something & Nothing' event. Once again it will prove to be an eclectic evening of top Quality Performances. As well as Charlie McKeon & Ben Burke there will be a screening of 'Passing Tides', a short film by Roisin Burns featuring Bill Ryder-Jones
The 4th and final Liverpool Psych Lab of the season will take place at 81 Renshaw. Come jam with some like-minded musicians to create improvised, psychedelic music.
This is Liverpool's (UK's?) only psychedelic music workshop.
Come have a chat, have a few drinks and put some musical ideas together! Musicians who take part of this psychedelic music workshop will be invited to join Thee Lucifer Sams & Friends as the Liverpool Psychedelic Ensemble - a one-off psychedelic band that'll perform the week after, at the Liverpool Psychedelic Society: Psych Happening at Gibberish Brewpub on Saturday 5th October.
Join us at 81 as Author Garth Cartwright talks about his book 'Going for a Song'. The book is an in-depth history of the rise, fall and rise of the independent record shop in the UK. Travelling the length and breadth of the UK, Garth conducted 100+ interviews with many record shop pioneers, noted musicians and record collectors. Utilising comprehensive research, Cartwright traces record retail history across a century of unprecedented social, cultural and political change.
Heaven's gate present two of the finest alt-country bands in the UK, The Hiding Magpies and Red Moon Joe.
The Hiding Magpies are one of the UK’s up and coming original Americana Rock bands. The band are celebrating the release of their debut album with a UK tour in October 2019 and are looking forward to sharing new material from their second upcoming album, 'Searching For Gold'. The Hiding Magpies are a must-see band for Americana & Country Rock fans around the UK.
Since reforming for a second bite of the cherry, Red Moon Joe have graced the stage for Heaven's Gate a couple of times and are a sure fit hit with our audiences. Led by Mark Wilkinson, long considered to be one of the UK's finest country pickers, the band first aired their own particular brand of alt-country back in 1985, at a time when US bands such as The Long Riders, Jason & The Scorchers, The Beat Farmers and Green On Red were revitalising roots rock with one foot firmly in country music and the other kicking out with a boot loaded with punk energy and attitude.
WSO All dayer returns to 81 with another fantastic line up. Liverpool Acoustic are looking after the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm with hosts Derek King and Stuart Todd introducing an array of talent including Carl Southworth, Tom Vern, Chris Callander, SirneSong, The Folk Doctors, Shadow Captain, King & Byrne, and Visions of Albion.
Heaven's Gate take over at 6.15pm and take us through to 11pm with Rae Clark, Gareth Heesom, Campbell L Sangster, Rachael Jean Harris, Mathew McClure, Charlie McKeon, Katie Nicholas and Thom Morecroft.
John McGlone returns to 81 Renshaw for the Launch his new album 'Street Soul Serenades'. The album, which is surprisingly Johns first solo release in his illustrious career, will be available on the day. Over the years John has played with the best, including Peter Townsend, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller & Joe Strummer. Get down early as this matinee show kicks off at 2pm with Samya O’Grady & Oranj Son in support.
In 2018 Curse Of Lono took their blend of deeply cinematic, harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock around Europe with two UK headline tours and European supports for Steve Earle, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and David Ramirez. The band released their second album ‘As I Fell’ in August 2018 to great critical acclaim, earning the band their first top 10 album in the UK Americana Charts. The acclaimed London five-piece were awarded the title of Bob Harris’s Emerging Act of the Year at the 2019 UK Americana Awards which took place at Hackney Empire in January.
John Murry is the special guest support “....seeing John on stage, with just his guitar and his songs reminded me of Townes (Van Zandt), that raw-boned, exquisite beauty, so real that it borders on the uncomfortable, you feel you should look away, but it’s just too compelling to do so. The pain, the intensity, the honesty just draws you deeper”. Michael Timmins
Klee music return to 81 with another fantastic line up of artists. Rachel Jean Harris, Amanda Brown & Daisy Gill. Each will play an individual 30 minute set then after a short break all three will be on stage together.
Funnel Music Ltd. is a mentor led music company working with new and emerging artists. We are working with them & Happy Accidents to curate a monthly showcase to show off their newest signings and the best local talent!! Tonights headline is Ali Horn; "....a swirling traipse through a psychedelia wonderland with a beautiful dose of pure pop thrown in for good measure." Getintothis
North Line are a Wirral based band made up of Denis Parkinson and Dave Criddle (guitars), Andrew Hutchinson (bass), and Mike Hughes (drums) and as individuals they have played with the great and good of the Merseyside music fraternity and beyond! Although members of the band have played at 81 Renshaw Street with other musical incarnations this will be the first time the band will play the venue. Songs are written by Denis Parkinson and Dave Criddle with individual band members influences coming from Jazz, Indie, Rock, Folk and Classical. The result is arrangements that offer a varied and explosive set. In support of North Line on the night will be David Nixon’s Navigation and Sophia Criddle.
Formed to play at the 100 Club "punk festival" in 1976, Vic Godard's Subway Sect shot beyond punk – their music a testament to the liberating ethos of the movement. Respected, and deservedly so, Godard (actually Napper) has been a career postman more than he has been a career musician, a fact you might attribute to Subway Sect's early days – when all but Vic were sacked from the band by their manager – but which he has turned to his creative advantage. As a great new comp, 30 Odd Years, amply demonstrates, his music has covered tuneful garage post-punk to existential crooning and witty jazz, his mode an inspirational reconciling of opposites. A dandyish character, Godard has more in common with Edwyn Collins (he sang back-up on A Girl Like You) than Joe Strummer, and he remains ahead of a time that would do well to catch him up.
Manchester’s own Francis Lung, the nom de plume of former Wu Lyf member Tom McCLung, released his debut album 'A Dream is U' earlier this year to mass critical acclaim. It was his first album release since signing to Memphis Industries, where he joins the likes of The Go! Team, POLIÇA, Field Music.
Chicken Shack is back for an evening of top notch vinyl spinning. Stan Evans (The Sink Soul Club), Lawrence Marsh (Rockin’ On The Wirral) and Andy Rowan (The Go-Go Cage!) bring you an evening of Rhythm & Blues, Early Soul, Rock & Roll, Bluebeat, Beat, Mod Jazz and related cool sounds. Get your dancing shoes polished and we’ll see you there!
Award winning Americana artists and powerhouse performers Michelle Malone and Sarah Peacock from Georgia/USA are teaming up for a UK tour. Sarah Peacock released her self-produced album, Albuquerque Sky, in 2013. It was recorded in hotel rooms across the country while maintaining her rigorous 250 show tour schedule. Albuquerque Sky was followed by a season of goodbyes, tremendous growth, and challenges, and became the catalyst for her next album, Dream On (2016). Compared to most musical artists in the Americana genre, Michelle Malone seems like a pair of distressed blue jeans amidst a sea of pantsuits. Unlike the surplus of self-professed rootsy rebels, one listen to this woman from Georgia and you know you’re hearing the real thing. A singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer whose music is informed by roots rock, blues, folk and Georgia soul, Michelle Malone's performances can go from contemplative coffeehouse quiet to rowdy and "Deluxe reverb on 10" at the turn of a dime. Her passionate, uncompromising style has won her loyal following world wide.
Please Note: This is a standing event. Liverpool band 16 Tambourines last played together nearly 30 years ago. The band split in 1990 but are reforming and will be playing at 81 Renshaw on Saturday 9th November 2019 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their classic album How Green is Your Valley? The band formed originally in 1984 and played hundreds of gigs before signing to Arista/BMG in 1988 releasing the album and a handful of singles before the vagaries of the major label system left them penniless with little option but to go their separate ways. Singer Steve Roberts says ‘it’s not like we have unfinished business or anything. We’ve tried to get together before and I’m made up we’ve managed to get sorted this time.
Emilio Pinchi is a twenty-something year old human being living in Liverpool. His music is “beautiful, authentic” and “never sounds like its trying too hard, yet carries absolute conviction” (Tom Robinson). With previous releases picked up by BBC 6 Music, Pinchi released his latest EP “Holiday”, through Klee Music in November 2018. Influenced by the likes of Elliott Smith and Car Seat Headrest, Pinchi offers an introspective view on life, nostalgia and consumerism in an anonymous city. The EP followed a number of live dates around Europe and the UK, including performances at Liverpool Sound City 2018, Žižkovská Noc 2018 (Prague), and support slots with the likes of Beans On Toast.
Emilio launches his new EP at this intimate gig at 81 Renshaw.
'If it's me and yer granny on bong, it's Blue Orchids!'
Blue Orchids, as a post punk psychedelic adjunct to Fall-world are well established in the music enthusiast’s consciousness, and yes, Martin Bramah was a founding father of The Fall, and as expressed recently might have reasonable grounds to even call himself The Fall, well, why not…but then he’s not daft. Perhaps people could do with reconnecting with Martin’s oeuvre a little more deeply than obsessing over the ex Fall schtick, specially what with the recent albums being a succession of magick pop psych masterpieces choc stock (oh yes) with fabulous gems full of rich, resonant sounds and stinging, esoteric lyrics.
Liverpool born and bred, this local singer/songwriter has been performing around the city for a number of years with his acoustic guitar and harmonica, mixing soulful vocals and rock & roll guitar, all delivered with his natural scouse wit and charm.
Tony has been performing for 12 years, a natural performer, Tony is back doing what he does best recording and releasing with Klee Records in the near future. Please note: This is a standing event.
Pete Riley & Shamona return to 81 for an end of year (well almost) Double headline show!
It’s become a bit of a tradition now this gig and it gets better every time!
Please note: This is a mostly standing event.
This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!)
Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!.
Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars.
Only Child (Alan O'hare) is joined on stage with a string quartet for this very special launch of his new 'EP Wintersong'. Support for the evening is provided by The Folk Doctors and Andy Connolly (Wet The Tea).
Nothingville presents SOMETHING & NOTHING...
A varied series of events in the city of Liverpool
'a night of mixed treats for lovers of melody and word'
Vetiver is the long-running stage and recording name of San Francisco's Andy Cabic. 'Up On High' is his seventh studio album and the first since 2015. Vetiver has toured around the world on headline tours and supporting artists that include Wilco, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Bob Weir & Phil Lesh, and Vashti Bunyan. Vetiver craft nuanced, understated songs that reward careful listening, building a rich duality; a space where sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy, an introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus and subtlety tries to be outgoing in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis.
Robert Vincent is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Liverpool – having received the inaugural Emerging Artist Award from “Whispering” Bob Harris in 2016 and UK Americana Music Association’s UK Album of The Year in 2018. Seeing him play at the Bluebird Café’s Bluecoat event, the legendary broadcaster immediately invited Robert to record an Under The Apple Tree Session in his home studio and for his BBC Radio 2 “Country” show - describing him as “absolutely magnetic”. Vincent credits his story-telling style of songwriting to his upbringing – where his formative years were spent listening to his father’s record collection including Emmylou Harris, Charlie Rich and Waylon Jennings, plus his older brother’s introduction to Pink Floyd.